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Downtown San Antonio Texas

Downtown San Antonio (San Antonio ) - Texas - United States - North America
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San Antonio Chapter American Institute of Architects
Stephen Colley
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San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is committed to promoting the value of architecture to the public and unifying the membership in service to, and growth of the profession.

Statement of Purpose

The local chapter of the AIA wanted to find a way to highlight the local places of interest and businesses where green building and environmental stewardship could be found. Initially, the effort was launched as an homage to what the Los Angeles chapter or the AIA did in time for the 2006 AIA National Convention held there. We are happy to have been able to produce a similar Green Map of downtown San Antonio for the 2007 AIA National Convention to be held here. We hope to keep updating the information and hopefully expanding to include the entire city.

San Antonio is a city of one and a half million residents located in south-central Texas. Native Texans were rather nomadic, but came to the area often due to the abundance of artesian spring water and natural migration paths for game animals. European settlers claimed the area for the same reasons. Spanish and German influence from the 1700's still can be found in the population today. Modern industry has centered around ranching, agriculture, cement and gravel production, military bases, and tourism (not in that order). Awareness has been growing regarding strains to water supply, and the local water utility has been instrumental in encouraging water conservation.

The mapmakers included architects, environmentalists, ecologists, historians, and students who compiled data for the map. Folks from the United States Green Building Council and the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy also donated their time. Although the immediate audience is attendees for the AIA convention, it has always been the intention of the mapmakers to have this map available after the convention for all visitors as well as anyone else interested in the green elements of San Antonio. We hope to keep updating the map, and hopefully even extend the boundaries to reach the entire county.

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